May 4, 2015
I got to interview an awesome young couple for baptism this week! They have been investigating the Church for almost two years, and taking it very seriously. They moved to the apartments right next to the church so they could be close. They picked Pine Trails because it is a smaller ward. The husband spent most the last two years trying to find out what he calls "logically wrong" with the Church, and couldn't find anything. He really felt in the last week that he grew a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet, because, like he says "there's no reason I should have to give up coffee," but when he did he felt an immediate change. (John 7:17) More than anything they are excited to serve and be part of the Church. It was really awesome.
There's something about eighteen years living in Utah in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that gives you the opportunity to hear lots and lots of inspirational stories. We hear about single moms, cancer survivors, pioneers, persecuted prophets, paraplegics, and more that all overcome the odds and live with hope and peace. That's also what seeing every "I'm a Mormon" video ever made will do for you. Very recently I've realized just why these people we hear about really deserve to have documentaries, TV interviews and General Conference shout-outs. Not everybody makes it. Some parents let their six kids go absolutely nuts, some folks confined to wheel-chairs drink their lives away. People do dumb stuff. You can't take success for granted. I'm grateful that if we follow Jesus Christ, there are guarantees, because "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 1 Cor 10. I'm more grateful and amazed than ever for you guys and the others that taught and raised me even in this crazy world!